The fourth-generation iPad was just released last month — just eight months after the third-generation iPad — but it seems Apple believes that the market is ready for a thinner, lighter iPad already. And come March 2012, you might just see it on the shelves, according to Japanese blog Macotakara. The report was picked up and first translated by 9to5Mac.
According to my inside source, iPad(5th) may be released in March, 2013. Source told that, design of this new iPad will be like iPad mini in detail, and be thinner and lightweight. (The expectation comes to have a small 4mm in height, 17mm in width, depth 2mm).
The report also mentioned that the next iPad Mini will be released with a Retina display. It is the one feature that many users wanted in the original iPad Mini and it wouldn't be a big surprise. Most apple devices have a Retina display anyway.
Macotakara cited unnamed sources for its report, and it's unclear whether Apple would want to release an iPad so soon after the last one. But it might just be a sign of a desperate Apple doing everything possible to keep it's nose ahead of Samsung.
Macotakara previously pinpointed accurate information regarding dimensions of unreleased iPads. The site has also been previously accurate with Apple product production timeframes and various design information.
According to the Daily Mail, these theories have been backed up by Digitimes and come from a source known for its accuracy regarding insider information about Apple products.